Michael Riha, Chair
Fine Arts Center
Box Office: 479-575-4752
Poor Relations by Robert Flaherty Hart and V is for Violin by Brittany Taylor
Poor Relations tells the story of two Missouri brothers -- bitter enemies since
boyhood – as they begin to confront their hatred for one another, following the death
of their mother. As family secrets unfold, will they find forgiveness? Robert is a 3rd
Year MFA Playwright, hailing from Kansas City. Having received a staged reading at
Hot Off the Page: New Play Festival, we now see his work, fully produced!
V is for Violin follows a young photographer as he faces the possible disintegration
of all he holds dear, after taking a brilliant -- but brutal -- photograph of a starving
child in the Sudan. Brittany, a 3rd year MFA Playwright from Texas, received a
staged reading of her play at Hot Off the Page: New Play Festival. Touching on the
themes of responsibility, joy, and our social response to poverty and family
relationship, V is for Violin can be seen as a fully realized production!
Known for its packed houses and rave reviews each year, The Undergraduate Project is done completely by our undergraduate class, from the acting roles to the scenic, costume, and lighting design. Previous titles have included The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (2010), Vinegar Tom (2011), Macbeth (2012) and Bachelorette (2013).
Mountaintop by Katori Hall
Jan 30th-Feb 1st
Winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Play, The Mountaintop supposes what might have transpried on Dr. Martin Luther King’s last night. In room 306 at the Lorainne Motel, we see the events unfold, leading up to his death. This powerful performance is presented in partnership with the African and African-American Studies program.
Kill/Shot by Rachel Washington
March 5th- March 8th
A classics professor is forced to confront her own motivations after she kills a student -- a shooter who has already killed four other students -- in self-defense. Does that make her a hero or a criminal? See this fully staged production of Rachel Washington’s play, previously seen at Hot Off the Page: New Play Festival. A 3rd year MFA Playwright, she approaches writing from a very pragmatic style, awakening the discussions of institutional hierarchy, mental illness, homosexuality and gun control in America.
The Chairs by Eugène Ionesco
April 2nd- April 5th
Trapped in a repetitive existence, an elderly couple strives to find the meaning of life. Reliving moments of regret, they ultimately pursue the only retreat they know. This absurdist piece resonates with the themes of responsibility and the need to lead a meaningful life.
Due to limited seating, we strongly recommend that you purchase tickets for the Studio Series ahead of time.